Smarter Business: Greening the Games

Professional sports team up with NRDC to reduce their environmental impact.

Major League Soccer

In 2009, Major League Soccer launched Greener Goals, the League’s environmental platform, in partnership with NRDC. NRDC continues to work with Major League Soccer to identify ways to reduce their environmental footprint and raise fan awareness about environmental issues.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. GREENER GOALS will aim to support the environment by undertaking community initiatives in partnership with our clubs and educating the soccer community about the importance of environmental sustainability.” –MLS Greener Goals Mission Statement

In 2011 MLS launched Greener Goals week, a League-wide effort focused on reducing the environmental footprint of team and stadium operations, and increasing environmental awareness through fan outreach, community events, and in stadium programs.

During Greener Goals Week, MLS purchased Green-e Certified renewable energy credits from Bonneville Environmental Foundation to offset 100% of the electricity used at home matches during the week of April 16-23. The clubs’ combined renewable energy credits offset 2,126,600 pounds of CO2, the equivalent of powering 137 homes for an entire year. Information on waste management, energy and transportation alternatives was also added to MLS stadiums and training venue guidelines. Fans attending MLS games during this week received Eco-tip Wallet guides developed by the NRDC, and flower seed packets courtesy of America the Beautiful Fund.

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